Undertow

Finished Undertow by Michael Buckley.  I received a copy for review from the publisher.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him. But their love is a dangerous one, and there are forces on both sides working to keep them apart. Only, what if the Alpha are not actually the enemy? What if they are in fact humanity’s only hope of survival? Because the real enemy is coming. And it’s more terrifying than anything the world has ever seen.

Action, suspense, and romance whirlpool dangerously in this cinematic saga, a blend of District 9 and The Outsiders.”

Lately, I’ve been feeling sick to death of paranormal YA fiction, but I had heard excellent things about this book so I decided to take a chance—and I am so, so happy I did.

This book is seriously amazing.  It’s incredibly smart, oddly sweet in places and has enough suspense to steal your breath away.  It’s full of things to discuss (like how we treat people that are different) but is never obnoxious or preachy.

Lyric is my new favorite heroine, by the way.  She’s everything I love: clever and loyal and determined to fix everything she can.  And oh sweet God, Fathom.  I can’t even talk about them as a couple.

This entire book is perfect.  There are no other words.  I need everyone to read it, so that I can talk about it with…well, everyone.

The only problem is I am absolutely desperate for the second book, which isn’t out until next February.

Highly recommended.

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